Diamonds Are a Quantum Scientist’s Best Friends

by Blog Burger on April 9, 2012

An international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of California in Santa Barbar have taken the first steps toward creating a quantum computer — in a diamond. So far they’ve built a two-qubit unit for a quantum computer. A qubit is the quantum computing equivalent of a bit, and it can be both on and off at the same time, unlike a regular bit which must be in one state or the other. The electron spin precesses extremely fast in a magnetic field, while the nuclear spin is about 1,000 times slower.

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